Prof. Dr. Christoph Trebesch

International Finance and Macroeconomics

Topics: International Finance, Fiscal Policy & National Budgets, Economic & Financial Crises


Main research interests

  • Sovereign Debt and Default
  • Political Economy
  • International Capital Flows
  • International Financial Institutions
  • Geopolitics and Economics
  • Financial Stability and Financial Crises

> Personal website with full list of publications.

Christoph Trebesch is head of the Research Center International Finance and Macroeconomics at the Kiel Institute since April 2017, as well as Professor of Macroeconomics at Kiel University. Trebesch works at the intersection of international finance and macroeconomics, economic history, and political economy. He did his doctorate at the Free University Berlin and then moved to the University of Munich as assistant professor before joining the Kiel Institute. He has been a consultant and advisor for the IMF, the World Bank, the United Nations, the US Treasury as well as the German Ministry of Finance. His work is regularly cited in leading international media such as the New York Times, The Economist, or the Financial Times.

A unifying theme of his work is a focus on rare events, meaning events that occur only every few years or decades, but, when they do occur, they have enormous economic consequences. This motivated his research on financial and debt crises, on the rise of extremist and populist political forces, on China’s financial ascent, and, more recently on geopolitics and great power rivalry. In 2022, he founded a new Research Initiative on Geopolitics and Economics at the Kiel Institute, which he now co-heads with Katrin Kamin, and created the widely covered Ukraine Support Tracker.